Jim Rohn says, “The major reason for setting a goal is for what it will make of you to accomplish it.” A component of written goal setting will be an increase in the virtue of integrity because transferring the thought and commitment from your brain to the black on white of paper, stares at you and challenges you to do what you said you’d do.
The Forth Pillar of Success: Written Goals
According to a recent Harvard study (see pic below) only 3% have written goals. According to the study the 3% that had written goals earned ten times the entire group of the 97% that didn’t have written goals. Do you need more proof that written goals are more effective at creating wealth?
If you don’t have any goals in your life chances are good that you’ll accomplish all of them! All of nothing is “nothing!”
Above you learned that goals make you a better person. Jim Rohn goes on to say, “What it makes of you will always be far greater value than the goal you achieve.” You’ll earn a million dollars (yes, set your written goal that high), not for the sake of the million dollars, but for what you’ll have to become to earn a million dollars.
When setting a big goal and writing it down, you’ll begin to see all the smaller goals you’ll need to accomplish to achieve the larger goal. You’ll use your brain and it will start to become creative (see what goals are already doing to make you a better person!) as you begin to realize the possibilities are achievable. You’ll write all the smaller goals down as well. While you cannot change your destination overnight, you can change your direction overnight. That is a comforting feeling.
In my experience written goals are powerful. Over 30 years ago I started writing down my goals. Some were broad, such as “I will be a millionaire before my 40th birthday.” Amazing to me was that’s the year my net worth finally hit a million dollars. When I decided to become an age group world Ironman triathlon champion I wrote down that goal and the flood gates of all I needed to do poured into my mind. I’m amazed at the progress I’ve made in less than a year with my strength and abilities.
One last tip is to end your day by starting the next. What that means is to create your daily goals for the next day before you go to bed at night. Your subconscious mind will begin to set the wheels turning and when you arise the next morning you’ll be amazed at how quickly you begin the charge to complete them!
Follow all earlier pillars: